If you didn’t know better, you’d think that Laura Poitras’s "Meet Edward Snowden" documentary Citizenfour was an avant-garde paranoid conspiracy thriller. Hold on, it is an avant-garde paranoid conspiracy thriller. It opens with a blurry tunnel; winking monitors scrolling metadata plucked from Americans’ emails; images of huge, futuristic, otherworldy government surveillance centers; encrypted communications — flurries of characters — that resolve into edgy cyberdialogues between the National Security Agency whistleblower and the filmmaker; and, finally, exacting exchanges between Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald high up in a blankly modern Hong Kong hotel, which might or might not be bugged. The music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is like malignantly buzzing wires that eat into your cerebral cortex.
Ah, it's a magical time of year: when candy corn flows like water, photos at pumpkin patches litter our social-media feeds, and tasteless, blindly offensive costumes begin surfacing and going viral. This week, a strong contender for most offensive Halloween Costume emerged when some guy dressed up like former Ravens running back Ray Rice, complete with his very own Janay Rice — a black female blow-up doll to drag around.
Police say a suspected school shooter is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after opening fire in the cafeteria at Marysville Pilchuck High School, just north of Seattle on Friday. Another student has also died from injuries related to the shooting.
Aspiring Georgia senator David Perdue is not Harry Styles, but he is close. At a campaign event yesterday, a young lady whose age almost definitely ends in -teen asked the candidate to take a Sharpie to her torso. "No way — ha ha," he responds awkwardly (and logically), before uncapping his marker and doing it anyway. "No pictures on this!" he says, only serving to make it a bit creepier.
Update: Another angle provided by the Perdue campaign appears to show the candidate signing the girl's insulin pump, not her body. See below.
Marina Abramovic is impressed with Emma Sulkowicz, the art student who has been carrying around a mattress to protest Columbia University's tepid response to her rape allegations.
“I really want to meet her,” Abramovic said at last night's after-party for her new show, "Generator," at Sean Kelly Gallery. “Many people don’t have the willpower to stick to something no matter what, and that’s what she’s doing.”
Qari Hashim, one of the suspects in the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl, was released from a Pakistani jail Friday. According to his attorney, a judge found that there were "not enough grounds to keep Hashim in jail."
Earlier this week, disgraced stay-at-home-dad Anthony Weiner did yet another humanizing interview, but refused to say whether or not he was still messaging random hotties online. He is at least still following them on Twitter.
Name: Billy Porter
Occupation: Artist. Tony-winning actor, Kinky Boots. Playwright, While I Yet Live, which runs through October 31.
Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Billy Strayhorn. He’s a genius, and grew up in my neighborhood in Pittsburgh, black, gay, and out. He paved the way for me, and he wrote one of the quintessential jazz songs of all time, “Lush Life.”